Top Anxiety-Inducing Factors in Students
For high school aged youth, academic, athletic, social, and personal challenges are considered domains of “good stress” (Selye, 1974), and optimal learning environments are designed to promote positive youth development in these arenas (Compass et al., 1993).
Yet there is growing awareness that many subgroups of youth experience levels of chronic stress that are so great that youths’ abilities to succeed academically are actually undermined, mental health functioning is compromised, and rates of risk behavior escalate (Hardy, 2003; Suldo et al., 2008; Conner et al., 2009).
What Does that mean?
Normative chronic stressors occur with more frequency and are more strongly related to maladaptive behaviours and mental health problems in young people than acute major life events (Kessler, 1997; Carter et al., 2006)
Theme #3: Unplugged
Make it happen.
Biggest Obstacles = People, time, and $
1. Start small. Look for opportunities.
2. Use your community: Ask staff and parents for donations.
3. Don't ignore non-traditional suppliers like Chapters, Elementary Catalogues, Learning Resources & PE catalogues
4. Partner with other departments for events (Student Services and Learning Resources are good ones)
5. Market your plan authentically and explicitly -these "toys" are beneficial to the students (and staff!)
6. Have rules. This is not a free-for-all. Base these guidelines on your student population.
7. Ask, observe, and listen to your students.